The Miraculous 54-Day Rosary Novena
On March 3, 1884, Our Lady of Pompeii appeared before
the gravely ill daughter of an Italian military officer
and, through her, gave the world a new devotion of tremendous
For over a year, Fortuna Agrelli had been in great
distress and even near-death. Indeed, her case had been
given up as hopeless by the most celebrated physicians.
In desperation, on February 16, the afflicted girl and her
family began a novena of Rosaries.
Two weeks later, the Queen of the Holy Rosary appeared
before Fortuna one evening. Sitting upon a high
throne, surrounded by luminous figures, Our Lady was
holding the Divine Child on Her lap and a Rosary in Her
hand. Both were arrayed in golden garments and were accompanied
by Sts. Dominic and Catherine of Siena.
“Child, your faith has pleased Me.” Our Lady said to
Fortuna, “Whoever desires to obtain favors from Me
should make three novenas in petition of the prayers of
the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.”
Obedient to Our Lady’s command, Fortuna and her
family completed the six novenas whereupon the young
girl was restored to perfect health and her family showered
with many blessings.